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Bring Your Leadership Skills to Project Management

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									This article focuses on the tasks of Project Managers and their roles in companies. It
also details skills that are required to enter the profession.
  With the business world constantly evolving and growing, new and exciting careers
such as project management are emerging. With projects needing to be delivered on
time and on-budget, the people in this field hold the responsibility of planning an
endeavor and seeing that it is successfully completed.
  Companies in both the private and public sectors hire Project Managers. The fields
in which projects manager find work range from health, education and transportation
to engineering, new media, advertising, marketing, financial, construction and more.
The majority of this line of work, however, is done in large companies that have
specialized professionals for all aspects of their business. Project Managers may also
work as project leaders, process development analysts and global project managers.
  While the titles differ, there are many tasks and skills among Project
Manager-related jobs that are common. When a new project is started, these
professionals facilitate the definition of its scope, goals and deliverables. They then
define tasks and resource requirements and develop a full-scale plan. The next step is
to assemble and coordinate the staff that will be needed to properly execute and to
manage the budget by allocating money and resources. Next, the project manager sets
a timeline and deadlines so that people involved are on the same page. While the
project is being carried out, the managers provide direction and support as well as
track deliverables using the appropriate tools. At the same time, they present reports
to the executives that outline project progress, problems and solutions. After the
project is completed, Project Managers assess the results.
  The tasks performed by a professional in this field can be widespread. However,
there are skills that can be developed during schooling that can help you to be
successful. Of course, planning and organizing are a huge part of the job. Project
Managers must use their critical thinking and problem solving skills to stay on top of
every aspect and every employee working on a specific project. This also involves
decision-making and effective communication skills. However, just because Project
Managers lead the team, doesn’t mean they are outside of the team. Combining
teamwork and leadership skills is essential to negotiations, conflict management and
the overall morale of the project.
  All of these skills can be taught at college level with a three-semester Graduate
Certificate program, such as project management institute’s Project Management
program. The training at Centennial follows the Project Management Body of
Knowledge (PMBK) methodology, which proves to be a solid way of equipping
specialists with the skills that are needed to manage projects in a timely and cost
effective manner. Hands-on integration of technology tools, such as Microsoft Project,
and case studies also enhance the PMBK curriculum. Lastly, students engage in a
12-week internship at an organization where they’ll gain valuable experience.
Because of the variety of courses, the Project Management program is suitable for
college or university students who wish to increase their employability. It is also great
for experienced project managers seeking to bring new skills to their resume. In order
to apply for this Centennial College program, students must submit an official
transcript demonstrating proof of successful completion of a post-secondary advanced
diploma or degree program. The School will consider applicants presenting a
combination of education and relevant work experience, open to all disciplines.
Non-academic requirements include: interview, transcript and resume review.
  jason speaks of the skills that students of the Centennial College Project
Management program will gain and how these skills will be applied in the workforce.

								
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